Watches stand the test of time as fashion accessories.
By Cory Haller | March 4, 2015
The wristwatch is the fashion accessory that never goes out of style. Even when it seemed as though the smartphone would make the watch obsolete, the nostalgic value of a timepiece made it that much more of an essential add-on. The trick is to not limit yourself to just one.
There’s a timepiece for every occasion. Whether it’s the time-honoured tradition of keeping an investment watch (the highest quality watch with guaranteed resale value), flashing fashionable wardrobe-matching pieces, showcasing loud and large statement pieces or the keeping a subdued functional watch for everyday use, it’s never unwise to have an arsenal of adornments to help keep you on time – and on trend.
A fashion piece for the digital age, this watch includes world and local time displays, 12- and 24-hour formats, a city code, an alarm, a digital analog display and a date-and-time display, all at the press of a button. Change it up for a morning run, or set to analog in your elegant attire.
Gucci Latin Grammys Special Edition iWatch,$1,495, from Premier Jewellers
If ever there were a statement to be made, this patterned watch will make it. Fashionistas know the name, so with the brand power of the Coach timepiece secured to your wrist, you’ll be first to answer, “Does anyone know the time?”
Coach Boyfriend Small Watch,$178, from Hudson’s Bay Company
Rolex, true to form, makes watches that are meant to last, and this watch is no exception. Made with a stunning jubilee bracelet and a one-of-a-kind diamond and meteorite dial, this out-of-this world watch is not only an investment piece, but a conversation piece as well.
Rolex Classic Lady Datejust,$11,850, from GemOro Goldsmith
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The Big Watch
You’re no shrinking violet, so why wear a dainty timepiece? This stainless steel watch is accentuated with black ceramic and boasts all the bells and whistles of a sport watch, making it stunning and strong. One of the more noticeable trends in watches over the last few years is the increasing size of ladies’ watches, so wear this Swiss-made powerhouse with pride.
Ladies’ Tag Heuer Formula 1 Watch,$3,200, from GemOro Goldsmith
Best of Both Worlds
Digital and analog collide in the world’s first solar-powered tactile watch. It gives you a constant analog time display and the bonus of a variety of digital displays. But the real fun is in the weather, altimeter, chronograph, compass, alarm and countdown functions – all of which are accessed by merely touching the glass.
Tissot T-Touch Lady Solar,$1,075, from Premier Jewellers
A fashion piece that is decidedly of its time – and that time is now. Stay hip with the latest thing and wind a double-strapped Burberry watch around your wrist for a look that’s a cross between a watch and a bracelet. For a pop of colour and a little less noticeable timepiece, try the smaller but more colourful cousin by Marc Jacobs.
Burberry Double Strap Utilitarian,$595;
Marc by Marc Jacobs’S Women’s Blade Petite,$215,both from Hudson’s Bay Company
The Investment Piece
Men’s timepiece trends change very little over time. You can still depend on the classics, such as the Rolex, to set the gold – or stainless steel – standard. And the best part? The Submariner is so timeless, it never loses its value.
Rolex Submariner watch,$9,150, from GemOro Goldsmith
Unlike yellow gold watches, rose gold hints at a subdued modern-day sophistication rather than blinding others with “bling.” The Gucci G-Timeless watch, complete with quartz movement, keeps the time impeccably while projecting an air of reserved and respectable fashion sense.
Gucci G-Timeless Men’s Watch,$1,025, from Premier Jewellers
The Statement Piece
This is the watch for those who want to peacock just a little. It’s large, it’s bold and, thanks to the rubber strap’s regained popularity, it adds a pop of colour to the wardrobe. The rose gold finish subdues the blue metallics just enough to keep it from veering into the obnoxious while still keeping on trend.
Guess Blue Print Steel,$185, from Hudson’s Bay Company
The Manly Man
Fossil is known for durable leather, rugged style and functionality across the board, so it is no surprise that this isn’t just a watch that tells time – it is meant to be used. Time yourself in minutes or seconds and push yourself to your limit while this sport-inspired watch sticks with you through every tick and tock.
Fossil Wakefield Chronograph Leather,$155, from Hudson’s Bay Company
The Modern Man
A watch that wears simplicity on its face and complexity under its skin, the Movado Verto unites the Swiss craftsmanship of old with the aesthetic of the new. You barely notice the bells and whistles such as the time display, three retrograde counters and small seconds subdial, as they meld perfectly with the simplistic design.
Movado Verto,$2,295, from Premier Jewellers
The Fashion Watch
This Daniel Wellington watch is trendy with its rose gold finish, but it’s the easily changeable nylon band that makes this simple timepiece one to match any outfit. Its preppy influence makes it suitable for sport and sophistication, while the Japanese quartz movement keeps impeccable time.
Daniel Wellington the Grace watch,$235,from Harlow